N.C. bill gives packed lunches power to parents

New bill would allow parents to pack lunches without regard to USDA guidelines.

June 1—The so-called "chicken nugget” bill was passed unanimously by the North Carolina Senate Thursday and will likely pass in the state House in a bid to return to parents the authority to pack their children’s lunch boxes with whatever food they choose.

The story of a four-year-old given school cafeteria chicken nuggets instead of her homemade turkey sandwich brought national attention earlier this year to a law that let nutrition guidelines undermine parents’ preferences.

North Carolina’s House Education and Higher Education Committee proposed the amended “chicken nugget” bill Tuesday. The bill will allow parents to pack lunches for their pre-K children that may not adhere to USDA guidelines.